O belle fusa (Orlando di Lasso)

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  • (Posted 2018-02-22)  CPDL #48887:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-02-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #19933, with adjustments to the underlay.
  • (Posted 2009-08-07)  CPDL #19933:         
Editor: Fabrizio Barchi (submitted 2009-08-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2009-02-03)  CPDL #18860:   
Editor: Reed Reimer (submitted 2009-02-03).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Remark: wrong text o bella fusa. Must be: o belle fusa

General Information

Title: O belle fusa
Composer: Orlando di Lasso

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: Italian
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1581 in Libro de villanelle, moresche et altre canzoni, no. 9
Description: The double meaning of the text will become clear when loooking at O belle fusa (Giovanni Domenico da Nola).

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Original text and translations

Italian.png Italian text

O belle fusa! chi ne vo accatare?
Noi le vendimo queste fus’in prova.
Son fu, son fusa nova.
Voi le provare, venitell’a pigliare!
Le dam’in prova.

English.png English translation

What lovely tools! Who will buy them?
We'll even loan them out on trial.
They're brand new.
Do you want to try them? Come and take them.
We'll let you have them on trial.